2013 International Meetings and Programs Schedule
The ALA Annual Conference offers you an unparalleled opportunity to enhance your knowledge, share your ideas, and network with experts from around the globe as you participate in one of the largest and most exciting library events in the world! With over 300 programs, 2,000 committee meetings and events, and over 1,500 exhibitors, the ALA Annual Conference is the largest library conference in the world. The ALA conference is the perfect venue to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones. Don’t hesitate to ask questions.
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Below is a list of meetings and events for the International Relations Committee (IRC), the International Relations Round Table (IRRT), and other ALA Offices hosting programs with an international focus.
Please see Final Program Guide to confirm locations.
FRIDAY, JUNE 28
Innovative Library Services and Programs in Digital Era – An International Perspective-IRRT Preconference
8:00 am- 1:00 pm (FOLLOWED BY LUNCH)
McCormick Place Convention Center - S401bc
Description: IRRT Preconference addresses important issues, trends, and strategies that contribute to the understanding of the transformation of 21th century libraries along with the emerging technology. This year’s preconference program features case studies related to digital library development and the preservation of local culture and historical heritages. The panel presentations highlight the interrelationships among digital preservation, digital resource development and management, as well as their presentation and dissemination to the global community.
Speakers: Speakers: Nancy E. Gwinn & Martin R. Kalfatovic, Smithsonian Libraries. Creating the Global Biodiversity Heritage Library; Anton duPlessis, Texas A&M University; Kent Norsworthy, University of Texas at Austin. Los Primeros Libros: Digital Collaboration to Facilitate New World Patrimony; Constantia Constantinou, SUNY Maritime College. Representing Cultural Knowledge and Heritage to the Worl; Leslie McCartney, University of Alaska Fairbanks. Gates of the Arctic National Park Project Jukebox and Gates of the Arctic Research Portal: Case studies of UAF’s Approach to Preservation and Access to Local Culture and Oral History; Valerie Hill, Texas Woman’s University. 3D Virtual Museums and Library Exhibits Promote International Information Literacy; Seangill Peter Bae, Columbia University. Resource Sharing Starts from Information Sharing; Use of ShareILL Wiki for International Interlibrary Loan
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International Relations Committee Meeting I
1:30 3:30 pm
McCormick Place Convention Center - N134
International Librarians Orientation
2:30 - 4:00pm
Hyatt regency McCormick Place - Regency Ballroom A
Description: This is a “must-attend” session for first-time international attendees and other members from abroad. ALA members will provide an overview of ALA, the conference, exhibits and the city of Chicago, including recommended programs and social activities. This program provides an opportunity to meet other colleagues who will help international librarians get the most from their conference experience.
SATURDAY, JUNE 29
IRC/IRRT All Subcommittee Meeting
McCormick Place Convention Center - Hall A, Meeting room B
10:30 am – 11:30 am
McCormick Place Convention Center - Hall A, Meeting room B
Ebooks in Europe and Beyond
3:00 -4:00 pm
Description: Think only libraries in the United States are concerned about access to Ebooks? Ebooks are a growing worldwide phenomena, and efforts in Europe and elsewhere can impact your libraries ability to access Ebooks from other countries and in other languages. Get a better understanding of Ebook use around the world, and here how IFLA and the European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA) are making the case for libraries.
Presenter: Gerald Leitner Secretary General Austrian Library Association
Improve Your Spanish Language Collection through the ALA-FIL Free Pass Program
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
McCormick Place Convention Center - N427d
Description: If you haven’t gone to the Guadalajara Book Fair as part of the ALA-FIL Free Pass Program you’ve missed out on the ultimate Spanish language collection development experience. Hear from fellow librarians from all types of libraries describe how their visits to the Guadalajara Book Fair have enriched their collections, enhanced their cultural knowledge, and improved their services to their Spanish language communities. Learn how you be part of the program.
Libraries Transform Lives in Brazil
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
McCormick Place Convention Center - N427bc
Description: Come hear about how Brazilian public libraries are transforming themselves, and a new national advocacy program under development.
Public Libraries in China Today
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
McCormick Place Convention Center - S106b
Description: Public libraries in China, like the rest of the country, have seen dramatic growth the last fifteen years. Come hear members of a visiting delegation from the Library Society of China discuss public library development and services in their country, including initiatives for children and young adults.
SUNDAY, JUNE 30
Executive Committee Meeting-IRRT
8:30 am - 11:00 am
Hilton Chicago Hotel - PDR 2
International Poster Session
10:30 am - 12:00pm
McCormick Place Convention Center - Exhibit Floor
Emerging Technologies, Emerging Economies: Transforming International Libraries-IRRT Paper Session
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
McCormick Place Convention Center - S402b
Bridging the Digital Divide: Technology and Information Access in Africa
1:00 pm - 2:30pm
McCormick Place Convention Center - S103bc
Description: Technology has brought changes in library service delivery, and the Internet has become the dominant mode of information exchange in libraries. New opportunities for collecting, organizing, disseminating local content and providing access to remotely distributed resources have emerged. In Africa this transformation has been slow due to the digital divide. There are some efforts ongoing to close the gap. This panel presentation will describe technology initiatives in African libraries and provide insights to the challenges encountered in efforts to utilize technology to enhance services. Panelists will discuss digitization projects, institutional repositories, resource sharing, Internet connectivity and other technologies.
Speakers: -Graziano Krätli, Digital Projects and Technology Librarian, Yale University Divinity School Library, Title of the presentation: West African Arabic Manuscript Heritage at a Crossroads: Dust to Digital or Digital Dust?
-Jane Kinney Meyers, President, Lubuto Library Project® Inc, Title of Presentation: Singing the songs of continuation: libraries worldwide join forces to restore Zambia’s literary heritage
-Yetunde Zaid (Ph.D), Head, Readers' Services Department, Main Library, University of Lagos, Nigeria, Mrs. Olubukola Olatise, Circulation Librarian, Main Library, University of Lagos, Nigeria, Title of Presentation: Past imperfect, Present continuous and Future perfect: Paradigm Shift in Information Service Provision In Nigerian University Libraries
-Innocent Rugambwa, Director, Library Services, Parliament of Uganda, Title of Presentation: Meeting the Changing Needs of the Parliament
The End(s) of the Library
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
McCormick Place Convention Center - N427d
Description: Art and libraries intersect in this overview of a magnificent series of commissioned exhibitions by U.S. and German artists that were coupled with a discursive program held at the Goethe Institute in New York. Rather than idealize the library in crisis by offering a nostalgic look at its past or recuperative speculation about its future, the invited artists propose a number of divergent positions from within the library, showing it to be a site of infinite invention. Definitely a program outside the box.
Speakers: Jenny Jaskey, Curator, David Horvitz, Artist, Raphael Lyon, Artist
MONDAY, JULY 1
Training: The Key to Sustainable International Library Development Projects- ISLD
McCormick Place Convention Center - N226
Description: Join ISLD in an exploration of the importance of training in the sustainability of international library development projects. Marcy Carrel, Technical Information Specialist at Peace Corps, will present on the development, content and implementation of the newly created “Sustainable Library Development Training Package,” a set of resources designed for training Peace Corps Volunteers engaged in library projects. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about additional training materials and models used by a variety of organizations involved in international library development projects. You will leave with a collection of training resources for your project.
Speakers: Marcy Carrel , Technical Information Specialist , Peace Corps; Connie Champlin , IRRT, Interational Sustainable Library Development Interest Group; Min Chou , Chinese American Librarians Association; Barbara Ford , Mortenson Center for International Library Programs; Jane Mirandette , President, Treasurer, San Juan del Sur Biblioteca; Susan Schnuer , Mortenson Center for International Library Programs
International Relations Committee II
1:00 – 2:30pm
McCormick Place Convention Center - S504bc
With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility-IRRT Chair's Program
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
McCormick Place Convention Center - S404a
Description: The talk will address the power of video games as a maturing medium and a largely untapped tool "for good". It will make an impassioned case for using games for social impact and learning, with an overview of the latest trends and core challenges. Burak will share some case studies and success stories including his unique entry to the field, leading the team behind the award-winning game "PeaceMaker" around the Middle-East Conflict. Attendees will learn about the field at large and how Games for Change is leading the future of this movement, including showcasing games in public spaces, museums and libraries.
Speaker: Asi Burak, Co-President Games for Change
International Librarians Reception
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Harold Washington Public Library
Winter Garden Atrium (9th floor)
Description: Please join the International Relations Round Table (IRRT) in welcoming and celebrating with librarians from more than 80 countries at the ALA Annual Conference. Open to all conference attendees, this reception offers a unique opportunity to network with hundreds of information professionals from around the world. Join us for a mixing of culture and ideas, regional cuisine, hors d’oeuvres and open bar (this event is free for international librarians). ALA President, Maureen Sullivan, will announce the recipients of the ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Projects. Winners of the Bogle Pratt Award and the OCLC Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award for International Librarianship will be announced.
Advance registration is required. No tickets will be sold at the site.
Listed below are programs, discussion groups, and events with an international focus. Some events require advance registration and payment. Please see conference site for more details.
Friday, June 28
International Statistics: Helping Library Users Understand the Global Community - PRECONFERENCE
9:00am to 3:00pm
Location: Univ. of Illinois at Chicago
Description: Navigating the world of international statistics is as daunting as it sounds. Which sources are authoritative and which are fictitious? Why is it so important to understand the political context in which statistics were collected and compiled before using them in an assignment, article, or report? This pre-conference, with speakers from the WorldBank, OECD, International Monetary Fund, and United Nations, will provide participants with the skills necessary to identify, assess, and access authoritative statistical sources.
Cost: $100 GODORT Members / $150 non-GODORT / $75 Students
Monday, July 1
Together We Are Better: International Collaborations Supporting Information Access
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Description: An international collaboration has been established to improve information access in Dominican Republic. Teachers, universities, librarians, students, and community members from both United States and Dominican Republic have united to develop a workshop and service learning program to improve information access and education using an asset-based approach to mobilizing existing resources in Dominican Republic communities. Discover the impact of asset-based international collaborations and how to adapt this model in other countries and communities. Participants will develop an understanding of the best practices of an international collaboration bridging access to information in the Dominican Republic. Participants will learn about the benefits of using an asset-based approach to project development, how to coordinate collaboration between various stakeholders in other projects, and how to adapt this model in other countries and communities.
Friday, June 28: 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Saturday, June 29: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday, June 30: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday, July 1: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
(Note: All panels, programs, and events are conducted in English only.)
McCormick Place Convention Center
Chicago, Illinois, USA